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Volkswagen reimagines VW camper van design classic for the 21st century

Volkswagen reimagines VW camper van design classic for the 21st century

The I.D. Buzz will be the second all-electric I.D. vehicle from the German manufacturer, following a compact hatchback.

VW has not released technical specs for the production van.

At the beginning of 2017 Volkswagen showed a concept electric minibus I. D. Buzz, whose appearance is reminiscent of the classic VW T1 van.

The I.D Buzz will be available in vehicle dealerships internationally from 2022, including across the UK, Europe and the US.

While the rounded body and V-esque lines on its "face" recall the vintage design, I.D. Buzz represents Volkswagen's new push into electric vehicles.

Volkswagen To Launch Electric Microbus In 2022

Volkswagen is trying to regain the Americans' love for their Microbus, after many letters from customers who asked the company to start producing the model again. The high seating position, cargo capacity, overall versatility and all-wheel drive option packaged into such an appealing design is just what our customers want from us. "And it's the flawless fit for the zero-emissions American lifestyle". The I.D. Buzz shown in Detroit can accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph in about 5 seconds, with a governed top speed of 159kmph. It will still use a fully-electric powertrain, with floor mounted batteries.

Production of the new electric van marks a new chapter in the successful 70-year history of the VW Microbus and has been announced ahead of the Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach, California.

For decades Volkswagen has produced some iconic and intriguing designs. However, the concept auto has a range of 430km, 369 horsepower from its all-electric drivetrain, and a 111 kWh battery pack can reach 80% charge in 30 minutes. The six-seater vehicle offers a spacious interior the size of a decent SUV while offering the more modest size of a compact cargo van - and it's fully electric, with Level 3 autonomous control, meaning it can steer, stop, and accelerate on its own in certain conditions, but requires a driver in the driver's seat.

"With Level 3 autonomous capability, this is an ideal concept for an electric van, particularly for delivering packages and goods to the inner cities", said Volkswagen's CEO of Commercial Vehicles, Dr. Eckhard Scholz.

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